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Over 5 Lakh students appear for IIT JEE 2012

New Delhi, Feb 9 (): Over 5 lakh candidates will sit for the upcoming edition of the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE), which is the prestigious all India level entrance exams conducted by the Joint Entrance Examination board for admissions to engineering courses in the 15 Indian Institutes of Technology IITs.

The Joint Entrance Examination board had stated its application process and now the application process is over. A little more than 5 Lakh students who aspire to get admission in 15 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will appear for IIT-JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) which is scheduled to be held on April 8, 2012 at various test centres across the country.

The entrance test will be held in two sessions i.e. Paper 1: 09.00 – 12.00 hrs and Paper 2: 14.00 – 17.00 hrs. As per sources, it will probably be the last JEE.

The number of aspirants is up by 16,000 from the previous year when 4.86 lakh Class XII students took the exam. In 2010, the count of test takers was 4.56 lakh. Officers in all JEE offices, spread across the seven old IITs, said applications were still being scrutinized and the final tally of test takers is projected to be anywhere between 4.75 lakh and 5.02 lakh.

“Unlike the old days when most students applied from the metro-centric areas and from the upper middle class, we are now seeing a trend where, thanks to the proliferation of secondary schooling, there is a big upsurge in demand for quality education from students of middle or tier two cities,” said Sanjay Dhande, IIT-Kanpur director.

Clearly, he added, the rise in applications from the middle-India belt points to the demographic changes where a large young population resides.

“With the implementation of the core science curriculum for all schools across the country, we are likely to see a large share of state board students from every corner of India to take the JEE. Currently, the test is dominated by CBSE students,” said an IIT director.